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Georgia Cricket: GSCL 2009 Off to Brilliant Start

Mascoll, Murray score tons, as Redwood, Mumby and Wallace also shine: (By Conroy Reid)Filled with intrigue and with great anticipation, the GSCL bowled off the 2009 season on Sunday with four games, all played on immaculately prepared fields and under glorious sunny 750F and slight breeze conditions. Intrigue surrounded the off-season acquisition and movement of players, and how the new-look teams would perform. USACA national coach Clayton Lambert returned to lead McNair Lions, and was joined by former West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Junior Murray who played for Vibes last year. US national player Dave Wallace would open the innings for a Vibes team that now included former Jamaica representative Fredrick Redwood. Leon Garrick who had a brief stint with the West Indies test team joined UBA which is now led by former Tropical wicketkeeper Errol Brown. Andre Hooper left Vibes to lead MCC and was joined by Adsyl Hutson – former Vibes captain, along with the Burnett brothers who previously played for Nashville. With its new status as a member of USACA in the South East Region, it was highly anticipated that the GSCL would focus more on harnessing and showcasing the talent in the league to become a viable participant is US cricket. The expansion to nine teams – Georgia Southern University was accepted for 2009-, the influx of new players, and the addition of two more playing fields is indeed expected to support the efforts. And for all of this, the spectators came out in droves. The day was punctuated with some splendid batting performances as bowlers all around were taken to the sword : Oriel Mascoll slammed his maiden hundred and the season’s first in MCCs loss against UBA which had half centuries from Mumby and Tulloch; Junior Murray scored a brilliant 100 n.o in leading McNair Lions to narrow victory over CSC; Redwood and Wallace introduced themselves to the league by scoring 96 and 62 respectively as Vibes won on a canter over Nashville; Al Givance had a fine knock of 63 n.o to lead Tropical in an easy victory over Stone Mountain. Bowling performance of the day went to Ryan Wong of Tropical with 7-2-17-4.